PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Wins of 2009

PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Wins of 2009
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New Species Discovered Around the Globe

This giant woolly rat found in Papua New Guinea is just one of hundreds of species previously unknown to science that were brought to light in 2009 (more on the rat).

Discoveries such as these "reaffirm the magic of the planet," said Brendan Cummings, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity in Joshua Tree, California.

Among the hundreds of new species are a subterranean snail that lives in Australia's outback, a ghostshark whose males have sex organs on their heads, and a tadpole-toting frog from Ecuador.

--John Roach
—Photograph courtesy Kristofer Helgen
 
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